Russian instructor ‘bordered on perfection’

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Russian instructor ‘bordered on perfection'

DAN MasterTrim 2016, claimed to be the first international competition for scuba buoyancy control, has been won by Russian diving instructor Alexandra “Sasha” Karnilovich.

Karnilovich, who works at Urpeko Gasteiz Buceo in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain, beat eight other finalists at Y-40 The Deep Joy in Padua, Italy, said to be the world’s deepest pool.  The contest offered prizes totalling 10,000 euros in value.

The divers, winners of three qualifying rounds, carried out a day and a night dive, following a precise dive-profile created by DAN specialists.

Data was recorded on their own dive-computer and on one provided by DAN Research. Profiles were analysed an the final score calculated using the Diver Safety Guardian logbook. 

Karnilovich put in a performance that “bordered on perfection”, with two Italian instructors, Daniele Vasselli and Stefano Paludetto, finishing second and third.

“Maintaining a stable, horizontal position can help reduce fatigue and air consumption, learn new skills more easily and even protect the marine environment”, said Massimo Pieri of DAN Europe.

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